Need rent money? Turn someone in

Crime Stopper agencies are reporting a sharp rise in crime tips for reward money. The motivation is money, not a desire to stop crime. A risky way to pay the rent. for sure, as those informed on might seek revenge should they find out who ratted them out, but it certainly shows how desperate people are getting for money.

Fom Sudden Debt, first quoting the NY Times, then commenting

“Crime doesn’t pay but we do,” say the mobile billboards cruising Jacksonville, Fla. A poster in Jackson, Tenn., draws a neat equation: “Ring Ring + Bling Bling = Cha-Ching.” The bling, in this case, is a pair of handcuffs.

Cha-Ching? Cha-Ching? What’s next? Children squealing on their parents to buy the latest version of Grand Theft Auto?

Have we gone utterly nuts?

Maybe not so much nuts as desperate, and definitely a sign of the economic times.